Eden Whale Festival set to fly high

HIGH SPIRITS: Eden Whale Festival committee member Shannon Woloshyn and president Mick Sawers are excited about what's coming on November 2-4. Picture: Claudia Ferguson
HIGH SPIRITS: Eden Whale Festival committee member Shannon Woloshyn and president Mick Sawers are excited about what's coming on November 2-4. Picture: Claudia Ferguson

The Eden Whale Festival committee is in high spirits over this year’s lineup of action and events taking place on the weekend of November 2-4.

The Whale Festival is set to take over three fields at Barclay Street Sports Complex as well as Eden Marine High School’s oval and hall.

“The new venue has given us four to five times the space we have ever had before, it gives us a lot of room to grow what is happening this year,” committee member Shannon Woloshyn said.

The event program is jam packed with a diverse range of things to see and do and the committee is excited to be promoting Eden to visitors.

“It showcases what our area has as well as our culture, where Eden has come from and how strong Eden is as a community,” Ms Woloshyn said.

There will be 20 food stalls and 50 product and information tents set up over the weekend.  

The Australian Kite Flying Society’s is one of the biggest features of the festival.

“There will be 100 kites flying all weekend, bring your own kite down or make one in a workshop on the day,” Ms Woloshyn said.  

“Ten representatives of the society will be there including Bob Moore who is the world record holder for the highest kite flown.”

For all of the anglers out there, the Australian Travelling Fishing Show will be casting and then catching up to 20 different types of live fish in a massive glass tank.

A walk through whale that is 19 metres long, located in the school hall, will be a hit with 45 minute tours running all day long for people to enjoy information on whales that migrate past Eden each year.

A line up of wood choppers and chainsaw champions will be chipping into the action as they take part in the timber sports showcase.

“South East Timber Association will be bringing their big machines out of the bush and perch themselves up in the corner and do some logging demonstrations,” committee president Mick Sawers said.

Then there is the massive seafood showcase sponsored by the Sydney Fish Markets and Melbourne Seafood Centre which will be an essential feature of the festival to experience.

“We have a full tent all day of seafood displays, demonstrations and cooking tips, Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters will be here as well to run a shucking competition for anyone to enter to have the chance at winning a big bag of oysters,” Ms Woloshyn said.

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